WRAP launches new projects to tackle food waste on farms

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Over 9% of strawberries ended up as waste in 2015

WRAP has launched a number of projects focusing on food waste on farms for priority crops including soft fruit, root vegetables and salad.

The work is part of the Courtauld Commitment 2025 and aims to develop guidance and best-practice case studies to help others take action and expand the working practices more widely.

It will include farmers, growers, producers, hospitality and food service businesses and retailers.

WRAP has so far assessed the strawberry and lettuce sectors and concluded £30 million ended up as waste in the UK in 2015, mainly due to misshapen produce, forecasting and product specifications and pest and disease damage.

Over 9% of strawberries ended up as waste in 2015, equivalent to 10,000 tonnes of products valued at £24 million.

David Moon, head of sustainable food at WRAP, said: “We’re using our experience in mapping waste and bringing together key stakeholders to pinpoint where, why and how much waste arises on farm.

“This work will help the UK food supply chain become more efficient and competitive, which is crucial in the coming years.”

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